We know that organically grown produce is the best way to feed the body. But are all “good” foods created equal? Well, there is, indeed, the best of the “best.” These are the “superfoods.” With their superior disease-fighting capabilities, immune-system boosters, fatigue fighters, and much more, they deserve special attention.
Superfoods are almost always plants. The exceptions are: 1) deep-sea fish (with the healthy Omega-3 oils that eliminate inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease) HOWEVER - Of course as you know, our oceans are now highly contaminated with heavy metals and radioactive isotopes. Be sure to choose a reputable company that uses 3rd party testing to ensure you’re not inadvertently toxifying yourself, and 2) probiotics (with beneficial bacteria that increase immunity and maintain digestive tract health).
Let’s take a close look at some of these foods:
1. Cruciferous Vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli)
Not only are these foods rich in Vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and fiber, but broccoli, for example, contains a compound called sulphuraphane, which kills H. Pylori (bacteria that cause ulcers) and — as shown by research done at John Hopkins University — is a powerful anti-cancer compound. The same study also showed a possible link between H. Pylori bacterium and Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Broccoli and the other cruciferous plants are beginning to look a bit like “medicine” (without the side effects!).
Sprouted seeds have an average of 500 percent more nutrients than the full-grown plants. They are stocked with stored energy for their life of production. Wheat and barley sprouts contain over 5 times more iron than spinach, 13 times more Vitamin A than carrots, and 55 times more Vitamin C than apples! Sprouts are gluten free. (Gluten becomes an issue in the mature plants.)
3. Antioxidant Foods
Superfoods with the highest-quality antioxidants include pomegranate (protects against clogging arteries and diabetes), mangosteen (eliminates free radicals), gogi berries (anti-aging), and acai berries. (Refer to our Health Tip for more information on acai berries.)
4. Milk Thistle
This plant has many qualities. It has been shown to aid in the generation of nerve tissue as well as helping to keep nerve cells alive longer. The reason for this lies in its detoxification properties. It helps to neutralize toxins going through the liver. The liver’s job is crucial to life. If you were submerged in ice-cold water, your liver would be the last organ to shut down.
Regarding the liver, turmeric — an Indian spice — helps to protect this organ. Its main compound is curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties, equal to cortisone.
Although turmeric has been traditionally used in cooking simply as a curry spice, numerous studies show that turmeric supports liver and gastrointestinal health. One of the main keys to turmeric’s nutritional benefits has been shown to be its high concentration of natural compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcuminoids are present as a naturally occurring component of turmeric and possess significant antioxidant capabilities. This provides free radical protection for liver and digestive health.
Sea vegetables (dulse and dunaliella salina) are rich in trace minerals. Seaweed contains all the minerals found in human blood as well as other bioactive compounds that lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
These foods are loaded with good fats and qualities that help to combat chemical and environmental toxins. RAW (not roasted, not salted) nuts and seeds are a “must” for cellular health.
Look at it this way: Eating superfoods every day is your “health insurance” policy. This is not an exhaustive list of great super foods, but it’s an easy place to start! Try to choose at least 2 items from the list each day and you’ll certainly notice the difference in your overall well-being in no time! If you have questions on how, or in what form to get these superfoods, contact us. We are committed to revitalizing the health of our readers.